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The Sanctuary of Delafield condo development may turn into a subdivision

Project was surrounded by controversies

April 1, 2013

City of Delafield - A highly controversial and unsuccessful condominium development project on Main Street near Lapham Peak Road may be converted into a high-end single-family home subdivision.

Miller Marriot Custom Homes of Hartland is asking the Plan Commission for permission to convert The Sanctuary of Delafield into 21 single-family home lots. A public hearing on the proposal is scheduled for May 30.

Chris Miller of Hartland told the Plan Commission last week that he intends to purchase the 14-acre site from Commerce State Bank, which took over the property after initiating foreclose proceedings against Trillium Development last year.

Miller said new homes in the subdivision are expected to be about 1,600 to 3,000 square feet and valued at between $450,000 and $550,000.

The site is served by a private community well and includes other utilities and amenities that were previously installed as part of the condominium project.

Plan Commissioner Kevin Fitzgerald predicted that the biggest issue in Miller's development proposal will be the installation of adequate landscape screening for the subdivision from other nearby homes.

"We are, in effect, throwing out the old plan," Fitzgerald added.

Trillium Development's owner, Jeffrey Christensen, purchased the land from the Milwaukee Catholic Archdiocese in 2007after the city granted him permission to develop about 20 high-end single-family condominiums on the heavily wooded site across from the city's Fireman's Park.

During the approval process, Christensen accused then Alderman Erv Sadowski of soliciting a bribe in return for approval of the project during a wiener roast hosted by the developer to introduce the project to city officials.

The Waukesha County District Attorney's office absolved Sadowski of any wrongdoing by concluding that the alderman was joking when he suggested to Christensen that the developer would have provide more than hot dogs and buns if he wanted approval of the project.

The relationship between Christensen and some city officials became so contentious that police officers were assigned to attend meetings where the project was being reviewed.

In 2010, Christensen and Trillium Development agreed to pay the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources $150,000 in fines for polluting Lake Nagawicka with sediment run off from the site while it was being excavated.

Only two of the 20 condominium sites were developed during the nearly six years of the project.

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Spring Seedling Sale & Greenhouse Open House: 10 a.m. May 23, NuGenesis Farm, N68 W33208 County Road K, Oconomowoc. A variety of organic veggie and herb seedlings to plant in your home or community garden this spring will be for sale. All plant sale profits will benefit the Giving Garden initiative.

Memorial Honor Celebration: 8 a.m. May 23, Wisconsin Harley-Davidson, 1280 Blue Ribbon Drive, Oconomowoc. Daylong event begins with reveille and breakfast at 8 a.m. followed by color guard and the national anthem. The event also includes military and veterans organizations, interactive displays and vehicles, food and beverages and entertainment. Evening showing of “Honor Flight: One Last Mission.” on a big, outdoor screen.

"Small Space Container Gardens" Seminar: 11 a.m. May 23, Ebert’s Greenhouse Village, W1795 Fox Road, Ixonia. Free educational seminar by gardening expert Melinda Myers. Melinda, who will also be available to answer gardening questions. Enter to win a $500 Ebert’s shopping spree with Melinda.

Tyke Hike: 10 a.m. May 23, Lapham Peak State Park, W329 N846, Delafield. Children and their families will hike with a guide and a representative of the Delafield Library will share books, songs and a craft to enhance the experience. Meet at the Lapham Peak Tower. State park sticker is required.

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